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Pat Somerville's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: State House (MI) - District 23, Republican
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Pat Somerville has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Pat Somerville is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Michigan State Legislative Election 2010 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

Pro-lifea) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Nob) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Noc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Nod) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Yese) Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yesf) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yesg) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
Yesh) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
i) Other or expanded principles
1) State Spending
Indicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.
Eliminatea) Education (higher)
Slightly Decreaseb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Decreasec) Environment
Slightly Decreased) Health care
Slightly Decreasee) Law enforcement
Slightly Decreasef) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Greatly Decreaseg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories

For b,e, and f: I would have to examine the level of efficiency in each of these departments. These are areas that government should be involved in, but due to the economic situation in our State we must make a shared sacrifice across the board.

2) State Taxes
Indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.
Slightly Decreasea) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Property taxes
Slightly Increasef) Sales taxes
Eliminateg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Eliminateh) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Eliminatei) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded categories

Slightly Increase for f only if g, h, and i are eliminated.

3) Budget Stabilization
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Michigan's budget.
Noa) Tapping into Michigan's "rainy day" fund
Nob) Instituting a tax on physicians
Noc) Extending the sales tax to more services
Yesd) Issuing the early release of certain non-violent offenders
Yese) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Yesf) Instituting mandatory furloughs and layoffs for state employees
Nog) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
Yesh) Privatizing certain government services
i) Other or expanded principles

Yes on d depends on what crime they were charged with.

Yesa) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Michigan governors?
Yesb) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Michigan state legislators?
c) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions to candidates for state government?
No1) Individual
No2) Political Action Committee
No3) Corporate
No4) Political Party
Nod) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yese) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
f) Other or expanded principles

Yes on a and b if pay and benefits remain what they are now. If we were to adopt a part-time legislature, my answer for a and b would be no.

Yesa) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
Noc) Should the possession of small amounts of marijuana be decriminalized?
Yesd) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
Yese) Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
Yesf) Do you support repealing the state's motorcycle helmet law?
Yesg) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
h) Other or expanded principles

Yes on b depends on what crime was committed.

Yesa) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Nob) Do you support state regulation of the auto insurance industry?
Noc) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Nod) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Yese) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Nof) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Nog) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
h) Other or expanded principles

- F would be yes if the infrastructure projects were needed and not just a ploy to put people to work.
- E is yes providing that the incentives are uniform

Noa) Do you support national education standards?
Nob) Do you support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams?
Yesc) Do you support using a merit pay system for teachers?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Noe) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Nof) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Michigan high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
g) Other or expanded principles

Yes for c, but we still have to come up with a good and fair system to administer.

Noa) Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
Nob) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
Noc) Do you support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for improvements to Michigan's energy infrastructure?
Noe) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Nof) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
g) Other or expanded principles

d is Yes if it is absolutely essential

Noa) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Nob) Do you support requiring background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Do you support requiring a license for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles
Noa) Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
Nod) Should individuals be required to purchase health care insurance?
Yese) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Nof) Do you support legalizing physician-assisted suicide in Michigan?
Nog) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
h) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Nob) Should Michigan allow same-sex couples to form civil unions?
Noc) Do you support state funding for stem cell research?
Nod) Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Noe) Do you support the state's use of affirmative action?
Nof) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Michigan's anti-discrimination laws?
Nog) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Michigan's anti-discrimination laws?
Yesh) Should legal counsel for indigent defendants be managed by the state?
i) Other or expanded principles
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

My three main priorities are:
1. Foster a competitive business environment
2. Get State spending under control
3. Education - allow parents to have more choices

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